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Old 08-02-2010, 11:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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an attest to triumph reliability.....

Theres been some recent discussion on the reliability of our old bikes, so I'll tell this story.

I've been visiting a friend in Bismarck, North Dakota, and I decided to bring along the triumph so we could do some riding. My friend has a 1989 suzuki gs500e, nothing special. Anyway, over the past 5 days or so we've done about 365 miles. After all this riding, I can attest that the only thing I've done maintenance-wise is lube the chain and fill it with gas. Never a cough or sputter. This is all pretty much cruising at about 70-75 on the twisties. The old girl just settles right in and its so easy to maintain. And it's still oil tight!!!! Knock on wood...... My buddy's bike on the other hand had a clutch cable break, a hot start problem, and had his low beam go out. When we pulled into the garage after a 150 mile blast his started dripping oil from the filter cover. If the triumph could talk I think she'd be laughing. Now I know that many of you have logged many more miles on a tour, but 365 is still a long way. It just goes to show that just because they are classic, does not mean they're unreliable. They are as reliable as the owner makes them.
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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HaHa! That's why I call mine 'Old faithful'.
It isn't without noting that I work on my bike as much as I ride it. Sounds sick does'nt it? The simple fact regarding this matter is that I love it. I go out into the garage at any variety of times and polish and inspect, correct, all the while have a grand scheme of things- adjust valves, check the gas filters, manually lube the chain (the auto is closed off), etc. It's a '66 T120TT street that if a woman were a machine, she'd look like this! And every time I go out and ride her, and I do spin her up... never fails. Exhilerating. Sort of like yours.
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HaHa! That's why I call mine 'Old faithful'.
It isn't without noting that I work on my bike as much as I ride it. Sounds sick does'nt it? The simple fact regarding this matter is that I love it. I go out into the garage at any variety of times and polish and inspect, correct, all the while have a grand scheme of things- adjust valves, check the gas filters, manually lube the chain (the auto is closed off), etc. It's a '66 T120TT street that if a woman were a machine, she'd look like this! And every time I go out and ride her, and I do spin her up... never fails. Exhilerating. Sort of like yours.
Exactly. They can be as reliable as anything or with lack of maintenance they can be down right terrible. I keep mine in tip top shape so I can avoid costly repairs. I always sit and look at things after a ride, and can sometimes spot corrections that need to be made before they become problems. They are meant to be ridden!

Sure mines not perfect, and I did get a very mild clutch slippage that I need to correct, but thats easy. If I wanted a goldwing I would have gotten a goldwing.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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my 69tr6p motor will sit on 70,75 mph all day every day,,,,, i never thrash her but i do ride her hard.....and she carrys over 150 kgs,....,and up to240 kgs , when my wife comes for a ride with me,,this motor has not missed a beat in 2 years.......albert the tiprat
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Preaching to the choir, young vicar.

My box-stock (except .020 over pistons and Sparx electronic ignition) '69 Bonnie vintage roadracer hasn't had much more than a couple of oil changes, a few spark plug swaps, chain adjustments, and the float bowls drained since September 2007 when I built it.

'07 - Racing school, practice & 2 races at the Sandia Classic, practice & 2 races at Barber's.

'08 - Practice & race at Roebling Road, practice & 2 races at Daytona (high bank, high speed), practice & 2 races at Road America (over 4 miles per lap), practice & 2 races at Grattan, a class record-setting run down the Bonneville Salt Flats, practice & 2 races at Miller Motorsports park, practice & 2 races at Sandia, practice & 2 races at Barber, a bit of off-season riding around my neighborhood.

'09 - Bike sat for NEARLY A YEAR, besides being hauled to a couple of bike shows and ridden around my neighborhood a time or two, then ran the Texas Mile land speed event, bettering the speed I ran at Bonneville.

'10 - Bike had done nothing but sit since last october, I changed the oil & plugs and took it to Willow Springs, ran practice & 2 races, scored my first podium on it (2nd).

STILL USING THE SAME LEAD-ACID BATTERY I INSTALLED WHEN I BUILT IT.

I can go out in the garage, tickle the carbs and fire it on the 1st or 2nd kick right now, after it's sat since early May. It'll run almost exactly the same as it ran the very first time I ever took it out.
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Last weekend did a 250mile tour of the hills and mountains of mid wales in the company of some 70 other classic bikes (had to be at least 25 yrs old). All finished including a 1924 AJS V-twin ridden 2 up and quite quickly.
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Last weekend did a 250mile tour of the hills and mountains of mid wales in the company of some 70 other classic bikes (had to be at least 25 yrs old). All finished including a 1924 AJS V-twin ridden 2 up and quite quickly.
I've never ridden in a big group of classic bikes, so I can only imagine what it sounds like.
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I've never ridden in a big group of classic bikes, so I can only imagine what it sounds like.
It's a hoot and a half, especially if it's cafe racers and hooligans, topping the ton frequently.
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I've never ridden in a big group of classic bikes, so I can only imagine what it sounds like.
You want see the Banbury Run. 600 bikes (entry limited, otherwise there would be 900). All pre 1931 but no topping the ton . Takes place ever year in June and fierce competition for an entry. Go off in fours. 60+ mile course.
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